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Police respond to report of abandoned dog

Clearwater RCMP Detachment Commander Sgt. G.D. Simpson reports that on May 19, at 10:45 a.m., a commercial vehicle operator called the police to report an abandoned dog at a fuel station in Clearwater.

The complainant reported that a grey one-ton Dodge dually truck with an unknown B.C. plate and camper stopped at the nearby picnic benches. An old man with a limp and another male got out of the vehicle with their dog on a leash. They walked to the store then back to the picnic benches. They took the leash and dog collar off the dog, hopped back in their truck and drove away, in an unknown direction. The dog was very social running from vehicle to vehicle.

Consable Meyer and Sgt. Simpson attended and spoke with the complainant who advised that the man and his son abandoned the dog intentionally. No video surveillance of the picnic area was available. Constable Meyer waited with the dog, which appeared to be healthy, for Clearwater’s animal rescue to attend and take the dog over the weekend.

Meanwhile Sgt. Simpson conducted extensive patrols throughout the area for the Dodge dually pickup and camper.

It was arranged for the abandoned dog to be boarded for the long weekend at a local shelter, and from there it would be taken to Kamloops or 100 Mile House to see if the dog was micro chipped or tattooed.

Constable Meyer provided animal rescue with $50 to help with costs associated to the dog.

The following day, with the help of social media, the dog’s owner called police to report it’s theft and requested to pick up his dog named “Bear” after the weekend.

Animal rescue was advised and provided with the owner’s phone number.

This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, or to report anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



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